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Billy Bingham: 1931-2022

9 June 2022

The club is saddened to hear of the death of former manager Billy Bingham at the age of 90.

Born in Belfast in 1931, Billy is probably best known for his two spells in charge of the Northern Ireland international side.

In his second spell (1984-1996) he took them to the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals.

Under Billy’s management they won the final British Home International Championships in 1984.

At Mansfield, he took over from Peter Morris in 1978 but lasted little more than a year before a disagreement with chairman Arthur Patrick over the signing of Steve Taylor left him in an untenable position and had to leave.

Billy’s main legacy was the signing of John McClelland for the Stags. McClelland became the first Mansfield player to play international football whilst at the club and it was Bingham who gave McClelland his first international cap.

As a player, Billy was an FA Cup runner up with Luton Town in 1959 and in 1963 he was a member of the Everton team that won the old First Division Championship.

Billy was diagnosed with dementia in 2006 and sadly died in a Southport nursing home on Thursday evening.

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